Mr.Downstairs attempts to write well-arranged and diverse music with thought-provoking lyrics. The four members came together on the strength of this ideal, one from half-way across the United States. They have earned the respect of fans, as well as their peers, for their emotionally and musically intense live shows. In middle 1997, a skeleton of the current Mr.Downstairs formed and took on the name 'hardcore' with pride. After a couple of members departed, the remnants of the band searched for good replacements. Founder Anthony and new singer Brian found their new drummer, Dan, just by putting up an ad. After searching the area for almost two months Brian recruited a former bandmate in Oklahoma to play bass, and in the first days of 1998 Aaron made the trek all the way up to New York to fill the position. With that, the band was complete. During the next two years, Mr.Downstairs became a staple in the music scene in their home town of Ithaca, NY and surrounding areas, more on the strength of word-of-mouth than their various demo recordings. Their first self-titled LP was released on April 21, 2000 to a full-capacity crowd at the Haunt in Ithaca, and online soon after on Amazon.com. With that, Mr.Downstairs hopes to show the rest of the world of heavy music what they've been waiting for.